India’s free speech debate is alive and well

This statement was originally published on pen-international.org on 27 March 2015. By Evan Rankin and Amy Tang The Supreme Court of India’s landmark decision on Tuesday [24 March 2015] signals a move towards greater protection of free expression in the world’s largest democracy. But there is still much to do. India’s highest court struck down…

Decriminalize defamation? Govt seeks panel’s view

The government has sought a report from the Law Commission whether defamation should be decriminalized before responding to the Supreme Court which has asked it to file response in four weeks. The Law Commission has held a consultation on the subject and a report on its website said “respondents overwhelmingly expressed dissatisfaction with the present…

Freedom of choice

The youth of the city believe that new, mature legislation is the need of the hour, and not irrational, politically-motivated censorship The country seems to have entered an era of censorship and bans, with everything from what to watch to what to eat being put under the scanner. A Campus round table conference saw youngsters…

UNESCO chief condemns killing of Bangladeshi blogger

The head of the United Nations agency mandated to defend press freedom denounced today the murder of Washiqur Rahman Babu, a Bangladesh-based blogger, and reiterated the call for local authorities to defend freedom of expression and public debate in the South Asian country. “It is important that the Bangladeshi authorities find and prosecute those responsible…

Health camp

Lions Club of Imphal Greater (LCIG) on Saturday organized a voluntary blood donation cum health camp at Don Bosco College, Maram. The programme was organized with support from JNIMS Blood Bank, Red Ribbon Club and NSS Don Bosco, Maram. Over 400 patients have given treatment in different disease like ENT, Eye, Gen, Medicine, Surgery, Gynae…